Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Susan Sontag is Dead at 71

I consider myself a fairly educated and well read person and yet I have never read anything by Susan Sontag. I doubt I ever will.

My understanding is that she was into women's lib and was a star of the Left. When I think of her or hear her name mentioned two things come to mind - that chick Alexandra from Josie and the Pussycats and the speech Kevin Costner gave in Bull Durham:
Well, I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days
I'm sure I'm not alone in remembering her this way. Like I said, I've never read anything by Susan Sontag and I doubt I ever will.

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